Day of the Daleks is a Black sheep. For many reasons. Firstly, there arn't that many Daleks & they tend to just hang out in their control room until the end when I guess they thought "Oh well I suppose we'd better go & sort it out!" Peter Hawkins or beloved Roy Skelton have nothing to do with the voices of the Daleks & who ever replaced them, did a bad job! Bless them! How they split words like 'Ac-ter-vate-ing' into 4 parts is far too ambiguous!
But, believe me, there's plenty to make this one of Jon's Best!
The atmosphere of this production is as potent as Vodka. It's Rich, Deep & puts you in a wonderfully relaxed mood. The scenes outside are bright, sunny & well directed. And there's a fair bit of it. And what helps this great tone, is the Incidental music. It's knock out BBC Radiophonic stuff! With lots of phasing, stabs, chimes, & god knows what else that came from many sleepless nights of tweaking knobs on a Moog; it really is a joy to listen to. I miss it so much now.
The acting is veteran. No one stands out at all. They all got it. And for those of you who love Jon.. You're in for a treat! He really fires on all cylinders in this one! Theres light entertainment at the start with the gag of talking to his future self, to his great swarve act with his cheese tasting in Style's House, to having a bash at knocking an Ogron out, to the famous scene where he is disgusted at how the human race is enslaved by higher officials. And there's a great line from Jon - "Try & use your intelligence man even if you are a politician!" Classic stuff!
If you can put the Daleks to one side, you will enjoy this, & it will grow on you! I myself cannot wait for this to be released on DVD. I just hope they do the decent thing & Isolate the Incidental Music!